Senior Staff

Ms Michelle Lac

Chief Executive Officer

PhD (in progress from Swinburne University of Technology), Bachelor of Information Technology (Swinburne University of Technology), Graduate and Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Certified Practicing Project Director of Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Registered Program and Project Management (PPM) Consultant

Michelle is passionate about innovation, education and technology. She strives to make a contribution to the community by sharing her skills and experience as a Board Director, Educator and Business Leader. She have professional experience which spans over 19 years in higher education teaching and research, management consulting professional services and serving on not-for-profit boards. She was a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a Bachelor of Information Technology. She is currently completing her PhD research in Mobile Learning with Swinburne University. This research is sponsored by Australia’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre (Data61 part of CSIRO) – the nation’s largest organisation dedicated to ICT research.

Mr Rukesh Sadhai

Chief Operating Officer

Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia, formerly Chartered Secretaries Australia), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (College of Law), Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Bond University)

Rukesh’s career and key achievements have centred on providing timely and effective outcomes and successful delivery of major projects. This is coupled with drive for creating and fostering high performance teams. He has achieved these in various industries including Legal, Financial Services, Waste Management, Stockbroking, Construction, Funds Management, and Trustee Services. He has also worked in the Public Sector including State and Local Government.

Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow

Dean

PhD in Education (Monash University), Doctor of Education (EdD Monash University), Master of Education (MEd The University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Education (Deakin University)

 Dr Athena Vongalis-Macrow has a PhD in Education Systems and Change. She has worked as an academic and manager for over 15 years in Australian Universities.  Her academic research has resulted in over 60 refereed publications, attained over $300 K research grants and has been invited as keynote speaker in national and international conferences. Most recently in 2017 as a keynote speaker at the Yogyakarta International Conference on Educational Management and Pedagogy, in Indonesia at Yogyakarta University, Indonesia   She has worked as an academic in Australia and internationally in the USA, UAE, China.  In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at State University of New York and has held consultancies with UNESCO and with government agencies.  She has extensive experience as a university manager, leading programs and discipline groups in Education, Management and Research disciplines.  Her interests are in Leadership and Management and she is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review on topics of leadership, work and gender.  Her expertise also extends to quality assurance and teaching and learning quality assurance.

Mr Gary Bajaj

Finance Manager (Member)

Master of Business Administration (University of Melbourne), Master of Accounting (Victoria University)

Gary is experienced Business leader with extensive skills across investment evaluation, benefit realization and assurance within a large corporate environment, in particular large scale and cross company transformation programs. He has proven track record in conducting financial due diligence and providing assessment on commercial projects, investment proposals, business cases and business improvement initiatives to achieve positive outcomes and successfully contribute to organisation’s objectives, in terms of growth, performance and profitability.

Mr Ramandeep Singh Arora

IT Manager (Acting)

Master of Information Systems (In Progress from Deakin University), Bachelor of Computer Science & Technology (Punjab Technical University, India), ITIL V3 , ITIL SS, ITIL SD, ITIL ST, ITIL SO, Six Sigma Certified.

Ramandeep have over 6 years of experience in IT field ranging from Customer Service Desk to Process Engagement using ITIL standards. He have worked with IT giants like Wipro, HCL and GS1 Australia and helped them in scaling their IT services to next level. He has a proven record in working with many ITSM tools and is expert in using Excel and BI tools. He also has experience  to conduct technical audits with third parties, working on business cases and have taken business improvement initiatives in scaling their processes and functions.

Dr Julian Lippi

Academic Manager

PhD in Coaching and Mentoring (RMIT University), Master of Management (RMIT University), Graduate Diploma of Management (RMIT University), Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)

Dr. Julian’s career has spanned tertiary education, broadcasting and corporate relations, human resource management, internal change consultancy, management consultancy and research. Establishing a consulting practice in 1991 he worked with leaders and leadership teams in organisations, large and small, in the private and public sectors, both in Australia and in Asia to implement change, develop their people and focus their business. He has extensive experience in coaching executive teams and individuals and in the development and delivery of programs for executives and managers in the petrochemical, telecommunications, agriculture, health, public and local government sectors. At Swinburne University of Technology he lectured in Leadership and Innovation and was the Director of the MBA program.

Dr Mohamed Omran

Course Coordinator 

PhD in Accounting (La Trobe University), Master of Accounting (South Valley University), Bachelor of Commerce (South Valley University)

Dr. Omran possesses a high level of competence and experience in teaching accounting over the last 27 years at the university level’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses. He reached this level through his working with many universities including South Valley University (Egypt), University of Ballarat, La Trobe University, Central Queensland University, and Gulf University of Science and Technology (Kuwait). He gained his Ph.D. from La Trobe University (2008). He published many accounting papers in prestige peer-reviewed conferences and journals (e.g., The British Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, Asian Review of Accounting, BAA Annual Conference, and Oxford Business & Economics Conference). His area of research interest includes corporate financial reports and disclosure, accounting and reporting practices in developing countries, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. He is an advisory board member and a blind reviewer for many international accounting journals and he has supervised many research students. He is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA), the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).